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Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #13 as of 8:00 pm on October 15th, 2016

Message: The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named Hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. As a result, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) facilitated the coordination and deployment of regional specialized response teams to provide operational support and damage/needs assessments in the most affected areas in Haiti and The Bahamas. The Caribbean Community will also make targeted relief interventions in the affected Member States.


North Western-Caribbean Participating States
Regular updates and situation reports are being provided by the National Disaster Offices (NDOs) of Haiti and The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the Regional Coordination Centre (RCC). The RCC and the Regional Coordination Plan (RCP) at the CDEMA CU remains activated.

(Note: CDEMA CU Situation Reports present official data as issued by the National Emergency Operations Centre of an affected State. Data and information presented by the press, social media and other unofficial sources may differ.)


The latest Damage and Injury Report (as of 13th October 2016 at 7:00PM) from the NEOC in Haiti indicates the following:

  • Dead: 546 (confirmed). These numbers are expected to increase as assessments continue.
  • Missing: 128
  • Injured: 439
  • People evacuated and in shelter: 175,509 in 4 Departments –Grand Anse (99,400), Nippes (7,866), Ouest (3,877) and Sud (64,366)
  • People sheltering with friends and family: 589
  • Shelters opened: 224
  • Flooded houses: 2,381
  • Houses highly damaged: 25,160
  • Houses destroyed: 500
  • Families affected: 115,000
  • Health institutions affected: 53% of health facilities in Grand’Anse are usable and 6 Cholera Treatment Centres ( CTC) are damaged. In the South, approximately one third of the 15 hospitals are unusable, 3 of the 4 CTCs are destroyed. 34 (16%) of acute diarrhea treatment centres have been affected; cases of cholera have been increasing rapidly. According to the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and partners Over 510 cases of cholera were reported as of 12 October, 2016.
  • Schools affected: 178
  • Telecommunications: Severely damaged or destroyed. No cell phone access.
  • Roads and Bridges damaged: Roads damaged in Gonaives, Terre-Neuve, Miragoane, Mombin Crochu, Vallieres, Fond-Verrettes, Petit-Goâve, Anglais, Maniche, Torbeck, Cayes-Jacmel. Road access is gradually improving with the exemption of some that are only accessible by all terrain vehicles (ATVs).
  • Agriculture: This sector has been highly impacted. Preliminary reports indicate that almost 100% of crops in the Grand Anse area were destroyed.
  • Human Impact: need for psychosocial support in affected areas in the south.

Contributions to Haiti:
Haiti has received donations from Bolivia, Columbia, Venezuela, Japan and Panama in the sum of:

  • 116.48 metric tons of non-food products (wool. Lines, coats etc.)
  • 34.83 metric tons of food products ( water, sardines, flour, oil etc.) which includes 120,000 litres of water

The Facilitation and Investment Center (IFC) has made a donation of 42 cases Including both food and non-food products (shoes, clothing, hygiene kits, powdered milk, salmon, oil etc)

UPDATES: CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST)

The COST continues to be stationed in Les Cayes and will provide further surge capacity in the EOCs of (i) Jeremie, (in Grande Anse) and (ii) Les Cayes, (in the South).

Emergency Operation Centre (EOC):

OCHA led a briefing this morning (15/10/16) which included representatives from: CDEMA, USAID, OCHA/UNDAC, Ministry of planning and the Director and Volunteer Coordinator of the Emergency Operations Center Departmental (COUD).

Efforts are ongoing to support the coordination work of the EOC in Les Cayes. The COST team participated in the Humanitarian Briefing sessions held at MINUSTAH, which encourages and facilitates coordination among relief agencies.

The team visited the Jeremie EOC. Several partner agencies are on the ground with which the team will be able to coordinate support to the EOC.


Internet connectivity has been restored at the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) site in Les Cayes. The VHF and HF Radio antennae were fixed and both radios are still in working condition.

Schools and Shelter:

There is an initial indication that the authorities in Les Cayes would like to close shelters by the weekend (15-16 October 2016) and re-open schools by the 18 October 2016.


The Government of the Bahamas continues to coordinate the response efforts in the areas affected by Matthew. Initial relief supplies have been provided from the capital for the most affected communities.

Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT)

The CDEMA Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNATs) were deployed between October 9th and 12th, 2016, several priorities were identified upon completion of their field mission. These range from short, medium to long term.

The recommendations for the Caribbean Community CARICOM) support in The Bahamas are in the areas of rapid utility restoration, support for small farmers and fisherfolk and in early recovery assistance for lower income households. A detailed report of the assessments conducted is being developed.


Please click here for Appendix 1 which summarises pledges and donations of support to Haiti and The Bahamas as of 5:00PM October 13th, 2016.

CDEMA continues to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

CONTACT DETAILS: The CDEMA CU 24-hour contact number 1 (246) 434-4880



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